SADDAM'S FAMILY DESERTS

AFTER ESCAPING TO JORDAN, THE DICTATOR'S HIGH-RANKING SONS-IN-LAW AND DAUGHTERS MAY BE AN INTELLIGENCE BONANZA

Shorn of its outward trappings, the adventure might have been woven a thousand years ago under the caliphate of Baghdad: back-corridors palace intrigue; the mysterious wounding at a festival; a headlong flight across the desert by the ruler's beloved daughters and his sons-in-law, one of them the land's chief armorer; their reception by a friendly monarch who shelters them in a palace. Finally, the betrayed ruler's son, who has wormed his way to grand vizier, leads a pursuit attempting to retrieve the fugitives. In a fury he denounces them before the neighboring king, who rebuffs the mission coldly.

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